If you have a real problem with snoring, either your own or that of your partner, it may lead you to research the subject of anti-snoring devices thoroughly and if you do, you’ll find there’s a wild and wonderfully varied list of options with which you can try to cure your snoring problems.
Firstly, there’s something called CPAP, that stands for Continuous Positive Airways Pressure. Who thinks of these wonderful names? This involves a breathing mask to wear through the night that is attached to an electrical pump, forcing air through the collapsed airway to keep it open and so stop the vibration that produces snoring. Not for the faint hearted I fear and they must definitely be medically supervised. This is a serious device.
I had the dubious pleasure of using one of these machines once, not by choice I may say, for about ten days, but I was in the High Dependency Unit of my local hospital’s Intensive Care Department. So, not for me I’m afraid. Just too many associated memories.
There’s also lots of items at the other end of the snoring device spectrum, including a varied collection of sprays, sinus rinses and nasal strips, a wide range of oral hygiene products, and even acupuncture-style finger rings where the pressure on two particular points of the little finger is supposed to help the problem.
There are other some very cheap ways if you want to try them. One device involves a rubber chinstrap that runs with two stretchy bands – one to the back of the neck and the other over the top of the head. I’m not sure I could cope with the pressure marks from that particular item. Scrum down!
Then there is a list of anti-snoring devices that come under the heading MAD. Nothing to do with any crazy products or the popular Mad Men programme about guys on 60’s Madison Avenue – it ‘simply’ stands for Mandibular Advancement Device. Now there’s another phrase that simply rolls off the old tongue – do excuse the pun. It’s almost enough to give you sleepless nights just trying to say it. No wonder they use the initials MAD.
What are these devices? Well it’s best described as a sort of gumshield that performs one simple function; it will hold the lower jaw and tongue forward, making more space to breathe well and consequently prevent snoring.
The figures seem to show that it really works. As well as being a simple, comfortable solution to what can be a nightmare problem, it’s actually medically approved. All in all, it’s probably the cheapest solution that comes with medical recommendation too, at just under £30. I think that’s a very small price to pay for a few peaceful nights – and probably the preservation of an important relationship.
By John Redfern